Maximum DDR2 Overclock Speeds, Timings and Conclusions
great to see how individual memory stacks up against the competition under stock
configurations, but we're also going to show how it compares when overclocked.
With performance in mind, we're going to compare the maximum overclocked results of the various DDR2
DIMMs we've tested in the past and are listed below. Remember, just because memory is
clocked fast doesn't mean it's the best thing for a computer.
Timings are also important and getting the right ratio of both is the key!
* - Will be retested in the future with new
BIOS that doesn't limit motherboard clock speed to 216 MHz.
The Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3 memory
overclocks well for PC4300 memory. Keep in mind
that this memory is running more aggressively than any other DDR2 DIMM we've
tested in the past which means performance is actually better than DIMMs clocked
higher that use loose timings. It looks like Corsair lives up to its
reputation yet again!
When looking for
DDR-2, aim for the fastest kit!
already running about as fast as it can go, it will only be a matter of
time before the advantages of DDR-2 memory actually become apparent.
Intel has already increased its Pentium 4 bus speeds well beyond the levels
that DDR memory can cope with. AMD, while still using DDR memory, is scheduled
to adopt DDR-2 RAM in 2005. So it seems inevitable that DDR2 will
eventually replace its predecessor. Corsair's Twin2X1024-4300C3 DDR2 memory
modules live up to the Corsair reputation; at stock speeds performing solidly for the most part,
and when overclocked performing exceptionally well.
The numbers from the Corsair memory benchmarks were in line with what the
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 and PQI Turbo PQI25400-GBDB achieved. Not
bad considering these are some of the fastest DIMMs on the market. For overclocking,
hitting 653 MHz with 3-3-3-8 memory timings is mighty impressive,
and nothing else we've used has reached these speeds with those timings.
With a retail price of $454 CDN ($368 US) for the pair of
512MB modules, the Corsair
Twin2X1024-4300C3 memory is expensive,
but then again so is all DDR2
memory right now. Considering Corsair's established customer service reputation (and lifetime warranty), the
Twin2X1024-4300C3 is well worth the sticker price I think.
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